Health & Safety 

@ Our Lady Immaculate School

FAQ

This information is provided by Mr J Xuereb, Health and Safety Teacher at the school.


The Site

Terminology

The Site

  1. What is this site?

    This site is set up and administered by Our Lady Immaculate School's Health and Safety Teacher, Mr James Xuereb, as a tool for students, parents and staff to learn more about the subject and help integrate H&S into their lifestyles.

  2. How often is the site updated?

    This site is updated whenever updates are available, be it new links, documents or forms, photos of events, etc.

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Health and Safety at School

  1. Is H&S an academic subject?

    So far, H&S is not a subject taught during timetabled lessons with classes.  The role of the Health and Safety teacher is to see to the health and safety of the school population (students, teachers, other members of staff and guests) as well as to raise awareness about Health and Safety.  This is done through sessions with classes during 'free periods', assembly, noticeboard displays, special activities, training and talks to students, parents and teachers, as well as information presented on this same website.

  2. What is the job of the H&S teacher?

    The Health and Safety teacher advises the Head of school about health and safety matters, including the safety of anyone who enters the school premises, as well as educates the students, parents and staff on health and safety issues.  In addition to this, the health and safety teachers also runs a full risk assessment exercise for all the school every year, holds fire drills every term, provides first aid and sees to the upkeep of the school's clinic, first aid kits provisions, AED and fire extinguishers, fills in accident reports, organises medical information and emergency consent forms of all students and maintains the school's H&S website.  The teacher also trains staff in basic first aid and evacuation, and communicates to the administration matters that regard the health and safety of students and staff, ensuring that high risks are eliminated in a timely manner.

    At present, there is only one H&S teacher assigned with the Secondary school with other teaching duties.  However, whenever possible, the above H&S duties are extended to the Primary school as well. 

  3. How do you deal with an emergency at school?

    Should an emergency arise in the school premises, our staff is trained to act in the best interest of the students by either coordinating their safe evacuation out of the premises or containing the students in the classrooms, according to the exigencies of the situation.

    In the event of an emergency, the school administration and the health and safety teacher are contacted, policies and guidelines consulted and decisions are then taken.

  4. Are there first aid provisions for the school population?

    The school has a First Aid clinic with all the necessary basic first aid provisions, that is the required basic first aid equipment and consumables.  The clinic is equipped with a medical carrychair, couch and a number of medical first aid tools to monitor potential patients' vital signs for hand over to medical personnel.  In addition to this, it has a number of basic first aid kits that are either located in other areas of the schoool (Primary section, gym, labs) or stored for use on outings and school trips.  In order to man these provisions, the school has the required number of basic first aiders for its population, including a medical first responder.  

    The school also has an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which is an indispensable tool should a sudden cardiac arrest emergency arise.  

    The health and safety teacher delivers basic first aid courses to interested members of staff on a regular basis and organises firefighting courses to designated members of staff periodically.

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Terminology

  1. What are Hazards and what are Risks?

    A Hazard is any source of potential damage, harm or adverse health effects on something or someone.  So wet slippery floor is not a hazard in itself but becomes a hazard in the presence of pedestrians since it can cause slips and falls leading to potential injury or injuries.            

    A Risk is the chance or probability that a person will be harmed or experience an adverse health effect if exposed to a hazard.  So if someone runs on wet slippery floor or doesn't know about the hazard, is not wearing proper footwear or is not used to or trained to walk on such a floor, the Risk of injury is high.

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